4 March 2019, Kyiv - Ukraine, due to its geographical closeness to the European Union (EU) and their recently signed free trade agreement, is committed to align its food safety and quality systems with EU standards.

To this end, a four-day FAO workshop was organized on laboratory food safety testing for fishery products from February 26 to March 1. Participants learned about protocol testing, sampling procedures, validation and verification methods, proficiency testing, inter-laboratory comparison and laboratory accreditation for testing safety of fishery products.

It is part of an FAO pursuit, funded by Norway, helping Ukraine modernize its national food safety system, improve national institutions involved in food safety for fishery products, and move towards harmonization with the European Union standards. The project is carried out in close collaboration with Ukraine’s Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food.

“There are certain gaps in the existing food safety legal requirements and official control system for fishery products,” said FAO project coordinator Vitaliy Bekh. “Therefore, it is essential to enhance competencies of the laboratory personnel implementing regulatory measures in undertaking quality testing in line with European Union requirements.”

The lead trainer of the workshop was FAO expert R. Jeya Shakila. Participants included personnel from the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection, Regional and Central Laboratories involved in performing documentation, identification and health checks of fishery products at Border Inspection Post.

“Besides, compliance with European Union requirements will help laboratory staff improve food quality checks for the official control of the permissible levels of various microbiological and chemical criteria in fish products,“ added Shakila.

The FAO project helping align the national food safety system for fishery products with EU standards, complements recent efforts by the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food and the European Union Delegation to the Ministry. The training material developed under the FAO project can also help prepare or upgrade Ukraine’s laboratory quality manual with new test procedures, and perform quality checks for fish products with the ultimate goal to make the country’s food safety programme for fishery products more effective.


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FAO project addresses food safety for Ukraine fishery products



FAO helps Ukraine’s food safety system for fishery products meet EU standards



FAO country profile: Ukraine





Communication specialist

FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Kyiv, Ukraine

Email: Viktoriia.Mykhalchuk@fao.org